Duff proves class above opposition

GAVIN SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 17/12/2013

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Jamie Duff was in a class of his own when he dominated round five of the War of the Wings sprintcar series at Ruapuna Speedway last weekend.

The 23-year-old local totally controlled the 25-lap feature lapping 12 of his 15 rivals and was a massive 10 seconds ahead of second-placed Jason Scott (Queenstown) with Nelson's Chris Gerard third, nearly a lap behind Duff.

Two weeks ago in Auckland, Duff finished second behind American ace Donny Schatz and ahead of USA legend Sammy Swindell in the sprintcar world series and will fancy his chances of a top-three placing in the New Zealand Championship which will be contested in Cromwell early in the new year. That is before the Sprintcar Summer Slam is staged at Ruapuna on January 17-18.

Last Saturday night Duff set the fastest time at 13.1666 seconds on his way of winning the second heat which included a breathtaking inside pass on Ray Baughan on the Town bend.

The race had started in spectacular fashion when Matt Honeywell rode a wheel when the green flag dropped sending his machine on a wild roll on to the infield.

Duff worked a little harder for his win in the third heat carving his way from near the back of the field as he rolled off another series on mid-13 seconds laps. He worked his way into second and then dived inside race leader Scott as the two cars raced side by side into the Prison bend.

Starting from the front row along side Scott, Duff quickly took the lead in the feature and was lapping cars by the fifth lap with interest then focusing on the minor placings.

Gerard, who won the opening heat, held out Scott for second place until the seventh lap, with Brent Gaudian finishing fourth overall from Greg Clemence and Daniel Anderson with former Black Cap, Nathan Astle, seventh.

In other racing Nick Donaldson made a welcome return to the midgetcar ranks, after a spectacular crash earlier in the season, claiming a win and a third during the heats before taking the feature win from Glenn Everett and Dunedin's Gavin Wilkie.

Results: (Competitors from Christchurch unless stated).

Sprintcars - War of the Wings Series: Ht 1. Chris Gerald (Nelson) 1, Nathan Astle 2, Brett Gaudian 3. Ht 2. Jamie Duff 1, Ray Baughan 2, Daniel Anderson (Cromwell) 3. Ht 3. Duff 1, Jason Scott (Queenstown) 2, Matt Honeywell 3. Feature. Duff 1, Scott 2, Gerald 3, Gaudian 4, Greg Clemence 5, Anderson 6.

Midgets: Ht 1. Nick Donaldson 1, Glenn Everett 2, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 3. Ht 2. Tom Lumsden 1, Wilkie 2, Donaldson 3. Feature. Donaldson 1, Everett 2, Wilkie 3.

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Three Quarter Midgets: Ht 1. Michael Moulin 1, Lindsay Bailey 2, Liam McCoubrey 3. Ht 2. McCoubrey 1, Bailey 2, Moulin 3. Feature. McCoubrey 1, Jason Graham 2, Melanie Smith 3.

Modified Sprints: Ht 1. Josh Walls 1, Jimmy Doyle 2, Nigel Jackson 3. Ht 2. Doyle 1, Caleb Baughan 2, Jayden Fraser 3. Feature. Walls 1, Doyle 2, Charlie Jackson 3.

Six Shooters: Ht 1. Jeremy Wright 1, Grant Harkness 2, Matthew Anderson (Dunedin) 3. Ht 2. Anderson 1, Kris Jemmett 2, Sam O'Callaghan (Cromwell) 3. Feature. O'Callaghan 1, Jemmett 2, Anderson 3.

¼ Midgets: Ht 1.Hunter Rowland 1, Ben Morgan 2, Montana Jamieson 3. Ht 2. Jamieson 1, Jessie Daly 2, Rowland 3. Feature. Jamieson 1, Rowland 2, Daly 3.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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